Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Is Apple Taking Aim At Textbooks Next???

The Huffington Post reports that Apple is introducing a new application to read textbooks. Significantly, this appears to apply to all textbooks-not just college and graduate school. As the article states:

With that, Schiller introduced iBooks 2 and all of its new enhancements for studying. The free application comes with the ability to highlight important passages, view 3D models, videos and images, make flashcards, look up words in the dictionary within the application, search through the book and more. The application is free to download in the iTunes store

With iBooks 2, Apple announced that its first textbooks would be available immediately for $15. The high school texts will initially come from publishing partners Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin, representatives of which were all in attendance at the event.

Maybe my age is showing, but I just can't seem to concentrate as well when I read a long text on my computer even where I can highlight it. However, although I am not an Apple fan, one cannot discount anything that they do.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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Books will never be replaced. Even though a lot of digital media is coming out. I doubt books will ever get replaced.

Posted by: Barreto | Jan 19, 2012 11:43:51 AM

One alternative to textbook rental is buying textbooks used rather than new. Many students actively seek out used books rather than sign a rental agreement for a textbook because used prices are often much lower than list prices and might even be less than what it would cost to rent a book for several terms. College campuses often have a used book section available in their bookstores. Another source for finding used textbooks is the Internet. Online auction sites and bookstores with third-party selling programs are some popular sources for used textbooks.

Posted by: E-books | Apr 18, 2012 4:57:14 AM

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